What's driving the drivers?

A PLATEAUING in the trend among graingrowers to change their farming practices as a result of research findings in the last two years has led the GRDC to commission yet more research to determine the key drivers behind these changes. The research found that the key drivers could be divided into two broad categories, those relating to grower behaviour and those relating to attitudes. Key grower behaviour driving change included attending a Crop Update seminar, measuring subsoil moisture, owning a computer to run or control their own farm, and a preference for minimum or no tillage.

Important grower attitudes included believing it was possible to obtain quality, yield and profit and seeing the point of improving grain production and quality. The results highlighted the importance of continuous education about the benefits of changing practices as a means to improving grain production and quality in Australia's $7 billion grains industry.

Contact: Mr Ross Andrews 026272 5525 email r.andrews@grdc.com.au